"Guess they're going for the crimes rather than the causes of crimes."

A British police chief incurred the wrath of Twitter for suggesting that police should focus more on investigating crimes like burglaries and cases of violence instead of spending resources on combating "misogyny."


Chief Constable Sara Thornton, who chairs the National Police Chiefs' Council, said in a conference hosted by the NPCC that pursuing gender offenses "just cannot be priorities for a service that is over-stretched," Sky News ​reported Thursday.


"I want us to solve more burglaries and bear down on violence before we make more records of incidents that are not crimes," Thornton said, alluding to the decision of local precincts around Britain to prosecute what one department un-ironically ​referred to as "non-crime hate incidents."


Thornton intimated that the growing call to chase after such incidents has more political motivation than public interest.


"We are asked to provide more and more bespoke services that are all desirable -- but the simple fact is there are too many desirable and deserving issues," she said. "For example, treating misogyny as a hate crime is a concern for some well-organized campaigning organizations."


The implication that misogyny is not a crime ensured that Thornton is in for a round of Twitter lashing. And sure enough:

Criticism of Thornton's statement largely stemmed from the view that toxic masculinity is the underlying diagnosis behind many acts of violence. To ignore it, some of her critics say, would be like devoting the funds of hospital solely for symptom alleviation.

Others feared that Thornton's rhetoric veils an intent to turn a blind eye on certain sexual offenses.

​​Leanne Wood, a Welsh assemblywoman, tweeted that the real problem is the "austerity" of police funding. Indeed, according to Sky News, police funding has been slashed by 19 percent since 2010.


But for Thornton's boosters, the problem she has addressed has more to do with a ​creep of identity politics into law enforcement.

​​For them, Thornton's statement was more than welcome.


Last month a Labour MP ​commissioned a review to examine whether Britain's hate laws should be expanded to include misogyny. A few months earlier, Prime Minister Theresa May said that she's ​interested in making "upskirting" a criminal offense.


British law already follows a much broader definition for hate crimes than the United States, zealously prosecuting ​"offensive speech," sometimes without ​requirement for proof of "hate" or "prejudice."